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Ashlee De Wit

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Ashlee De Wit is a freelance writer and a Lansing native. After starting her career covering high school sports in Iowa, she's excited to be back in her hometown, reporting the stories of her local community — such as the opening of Troost, the informal Lansing pickleball club, a TF South Homecoming game, and Common Ground, Lansing's experiment with healthy race relations.

A reading week for the books

Lansing Christian invites community members to join in reading week By Ashlee De Wit LANSING, Ill. (January 7, 2023) – Police officers, firefighters, town officials, business owners, grandparents, pastors, and others all took turns reading to Lansing Christian students as part of the school’s reading week. Just returned from their Christmas break,...

Giving and Thanksgiving at Lansing Christian School

Lansing Christian students donate to Lansing Community Food Pantry, get rewarded with ice cream, pizza, and a principal poultry appearance By Ashlee De Wit LANSING, Ill. (November 23, 2022) – It’s the season for giving, and Lansing Christian School celebrated in a big way with its annual food drive for the...

Different generation, same classroom: Lansing Christian teacher walks in grandmother’s footsteps

By Ashlee De Wit LANSING, Ill. (September 15, 2022) – Beaming, energetic, and nervous pre-kindergarteners started their school year at Lansing Christian School (LCS) on September 7, welcomed into their classroom by teacher Jennifer Bos. After weeks of planning and preparing, Bos, a first-year teacher, was also excited to start...

Olympics in Lansing

Lansing Christian School students and staff celebrate sportsmanship and community with school games By Ashlee De Wit LANSING, Ill. (February 28, 2022) – With much fanfare, Lansing Christian School (LCS) celebrated the Winter Olympics in their own version of the Games, which began on February 7. “We started it as a way...

How sweet it is: Lansing coffee shop finds new home at South Holland creamery

SoHo Sweets brings Troost coffee and vision to cafe and creamery in historic South Holland home By Ashlee De Wit SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (September 4, 2021) – When Troost, the Lansing coffee shop, closed its doors in the spring of 2020, it left a latte-sized hole in the hearts of many...

Common Grounders eye future of program at third-quarter meeting

“We’re just going to keep going,” says participant Laurie Crosby By Ashlee De Wit LANSING, Ill. (May 8, 2021) - Laurie Crosby is white; Valerie McDaniels is Black. Other than that, the two have discovered that they have a lot in common. “She has her white culture, I have my Black...

Eight months of Common Ground

Well into Lansing’s year-long pilot program, partnerships describe their experience
 By Ashlee De Wit LANSING, Ill. (March 5, 2021) – The year-long Common Ground pilot program is more than halfway over, and the experiences of each group have been as diverse as the participants. Common Ground, which launched in August 2020 with...

Church in a time of COVID

Amid pandemic changes, churches find a new normal by Ashlee De Wit LANSING, Ill. (July 28, 2020) — Reserved times for Mass and drive-in services, YouTube live sermons and cardboard congregations, online giving and drive-by prayers: the COVID-19 pandemic has forced churches to be creative. Now that restrictions have been lifting...

Photos: Black Lives Matter in Lansing

by Ashlee De Wit LANSING, Ill (June 1, 2020) - A small, sign-wielding group of demonstrators gathered under the Clock Tower Monday evening in Lansing. They received many supportive honks from drivers on Ridge Road.

Lansing pastors, church members gather for prayer

by Ashlee De Wit LANSING, Ill. (June 1, 2020) — Lansing pastors and church members across denominations gathered at Grace Church (2740 Indiana Avenue) on Monday afternoon in an hour of prayer for the country and the local community, a day after the Village of Lansing encouraged residents to remain...